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An animated film, in humorous style, which makes the point that dissimilarities between people are not basic but result from superficial environmental influences. Based on the pamphlet 'RACES OF MANKIND' by Ruth Benedict and Gene Weltfish.
SPONSOR: United Auto Workers. PRODUCTION CO.: United Productions of America. DIRECTOR: Robert Cannon.
WRITERS: Ring Lardner Jr., Maurice Rapf, Phil Eastman. MUSIC: Paul Smith. ANIMATION: John Hubley.
This movie is part of the collection: A/V Geeks
Director: Robert Cannon.
Production Company: United Productions of America.
Sponsor: United Auto Workers
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Kiss your way of life good bye.
Subject: Tea Party Nightmare Cartoon
How bizarrly retro-timley. An uplifting and noble message.
Funny how we all come from white blonde adam and eve in spite of the brotherhood and equalty talk.
Pretty progressive for the times. Loved the evil self device.
The bit on blood was also very good. That belief was very popular at the time.
Better print a must.
....Not In My Neighborhood....This Is Why I Live In The Woods..!
Subject: Test Title
meh, the 'quality' doesn't bother me at all.
They (the scratches, color fade, and dirt are like battle-wounds from being played so frequently, I find them interesting in 'themselves' lol) And who can say that the source for this print wasn't from a video transfer? Thats what the color distortions on both sides of the program look like to me. Great material, Great presentation, and very nice animation!
dog from Nightwatch -
Subject: Timeless movie - but we need a better "print" of it.
Good information well presented and still timely today.
The only falt with the material itself is the quality of the copy we have on file.
Is there some computer program somewhere where we could "clean up and sharpen up" the material?
3 stars for quality - 5 stars for the message.
Subject: Good but...
I was watching this, and sort of wondered why noone had any eyes. It then occured to me that the transfer, which was bad to begin with, made that possible, Otherwise, interesting subject material. It's just too bad it's presented so shabbily.
Eva Vikstrom -
Subject: Cultural Relativism and Equal Opportunities
"Everybody has his own special dream of what the world's going to be like in the future. But we all know it's steadily shrinking. One of these days we're going to wake up and find that peoples and places we used to just read about are to (?) in our own backyard." The theme of this movie is introduced in those words. It's based on a pamphlet by Ruth Benedict and Gene Weltfish, "Races of Mankind" (1943), first published by the Public Affairs Committee.
A man wakes up and looks out in the backyard, where he sees buildings representing a variety of cultures of the world. Men come running, the peoples of the world, wearing stereotyped clothes. The man - the white Western male - is enthusiastic: "The future of mankind depends on brotherhood!". But he has a shadow, like all the other men, and these shadows are negative and ethnocentric. They start to fight, but are interrupted by the speaker. What about brotherhood? Now the differences are examined. The description of the evolution of races - "the Caucasian, the Negroid and the Mongoloid" - is dated, but the conclusion is that there's no difference in strength, intelligence, body or blood group. Then there's culture. All cultures have contributed to civilization. Differences come from cultural experiences or environment. The negativists must surrender. Equal opportunities and equal chance for a job is needed. Then all can go forward together. Finally a group of men in clothes representing occupations, not cultures, is seen walking towards the viewer. - The slogan "brotherhood" would later be changed to "solidarity", at least in Europe - thus including women.
From the intro we learn that the film was sponsored by the UAW-CIO "as a Contribution to the American People". Postwar union policy presented to automobile workers and others in an animated movie. It resembles the message of "Seed for Tomorrow" (1947) about unions and cooperatives for farmers, and in 1948 the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" was proclaimed by the United Nations. The Cold War wasn't yet established.